‘Where Are We Going, Dad?’ TV Show Theme Song

Where Are We Going, Dad

《爸爸去哪儿》 “Where Are We Going, Dad?” is the theme song of the celebrity parenting reality TV show of the same name that is currently extremely popular in China. The show is the Chinese version of South Korea Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation‘s 아빠! 어디가? “Dad! Where Are We Going?

Produced by Hunan Satellite TV, “Where Are We Going, Dad?” invites five male celebrities from different fields and their children to spend quality time together in new environments while accomplishing various survival tasks. The guests are:

  • Taiwanese singer, actor and professional race car driver 林志颖 Jimmy Lin aka Lin Zhiying and his son Kimi;
  • mainland former diver, Olympics champion 田亮 Tian Liang and his daughter 田雨橙 Tian Yucheng aka Cindy;
  • mainland actor 郭涛 Guo Tao and his son 郭子睿 Guo Zirui (nickname: Little Stone);
  • mainland director 王岳伦 Wang Yuelun and his daughter 王诗龄 Wang Shiling aka Angela, and
  • mainland model 张亮 Zhang Liang and his son 张轩宇 Zhang Xuanyu (Nickname: 天天 Tiantian).

“Where Are We Going, Dad” has aired every Friday night at 10pm on Hunan Satellite TV since October 11th, competing with two other parenting reality TV shows by Qinghai Satellite TV and Shanxi Satellite TV, respectively. According to Baidu Baike, the first four episodes of “Where Are We Going, Dad” all topped the charts and have been welcomed by increasing nationwide ratings: 1.1, 1.67, 1.8, and 2.16. Re-runs are even more popular, resulting in Hunan Satellite TV unprecedentedly deciding to play every episode eight times a week.

In every episode, the celebrity fathers and their children spend quality time together and complete various tasks without the company of the mothers. The first two episodes recorded a three-day trip to a village on the outskirts of Beijing, while the third and forth episodes sent the guests to the desert. The children are between 3 and 6 years old, all of whom rose to fame as soon as the first episode came out. This reality show has generated heated discussions about parenting, fatherhood, childhood, as well as the stars’ careers and wives.

At time of translation, this song has received 14,003,728 listens on QQ Music. The #Where Are We Going, Dad# hashtag has generated 12,523,187 discussions on China’s popular Sina Weibo microblog social network.

Music Video:

Composer: Ye Shengtao
Lyrics: Wu Mengzhi & Ye Shengtao
Arrangements: Lv Shaochun
Guitar: Ni Fanglai
Singers: Various Stars

Lyrics (Original Chinese, Pinyin Romanization, and English Translation):

Kimi:爸爸你会不会唱《小星星》啊?
Kimi: bà ba nǐ huì bú huì chàng xiǎo xīng xīng a
Kimi: Daddy, do you know how to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”?

[Note: Kimi characteristically calls his dad bǎ bí instead of bà ba.]

林志颖:不会啊…
lín zhì yǐng: bú huì a
Lin Zhiying: No…

Kimi:那我教你哦?
Kimi: nà wǒ jiāo nǐ o
Kimi: Then I’ll teach you!

林志颖:好啊!
lín zhì yǐng: hǎo a
Lin Zhiying: OK!

Kimi: Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are

林志颖:你有跑调哦!
lín zhì yǐng: nǐ yǒu pǎo diào o
Lin Zhiying: You are singing off key!

林志颖 & Kimi:(一起笑)
Lin Zhiying & Kimi: (laughs together)
张悦轩:我的家里有个人很酷
zhāng yuè xuān: wǒ de jiā lǐ yǒu gè rén hěn kù
Zhang Yuexuan: There is a person in my house [who is] very cool,

郭子睿:三头六臂刀枪不入
guō zǐ ruì: sān tóu liù bì dāo qiāng bú rù
Guo Zirui: three head and six arms, weapons-proof [two Chinese idioms describing multiple talents/skills, superhuman powers]

王诗龄:他的手掌也有一点粗
wáng shī líng: tā de shǒu zhǎng yě yǒu yì diǎn cū
Wang Shiling: His palms are a little rough,

轩&睿&龄:牵着我学会了走路
xuān & ruì & líng: qiān zhe wǒ xué huì le zǒu lù
Xuan & Rui & Ling: but he held my hand teaching me how to walk
郭涛: 谢谢你光顾我的小怪物
guō tāo: xiè xiè nǐ guāng gù wǒ de xiǎo guài wù
Guo Tao: Thank you for coming, my little monster

张亮: 你是我写过最美的情书
zhāng liàng: nǐ shì wǒ xiě guò zuì měi de qīng shū
Zhang Liang: You are the most beautiful love letter I’ve ever written

王岳伦: 钮扣住一个家的幸福
wáng yuè lún: niǔ kòu zhù yí gè jiā de xīng fú
Wang Yuelun: Buttoning up [binding together] a family’s happiness

张&郭&王: 爱着你呀风雨无阻
zhāng & guō & wáng: ài zhe nǐ ya fēng yǔ wú zǔ
Zhang & Guo & Wang: I love you, rain or shine
CHORUS:

郭子睿&王诗龄&张悦轩:老爸老爸我们去哪里呀
guō zǐ ruì & wáng shī líng & zhāng yuè xuān: lǎo bà lǎo bà wǒ men qù nǎ lǐ ya
Guo Zirui & Wang Shiling & Zhang Yuexuan: Old dad [a common and affectionate way of saying “Dad” in Chinese, similar to “Old Man”], old dad, where are we going?

有我在就天不怕地不怕
yǒu wǒ zài jiù tiān bú pà dì bú pà
When I’m with you, [we] fear neither Heaven nor Earth [a Chinese idiom meaning to fear nothing]

郭涛&王岳伦&张亮:宝贝宝贝我是你的大树
guō tào & wáng yuè lún & zhāng liàng: bǎo bèi bǎo bèi wǒ shì nǐ de dà shù
Guo Tao & Wang Yuelun & Zhang Liang: Baby, baby, I’m your big tree

一生陪你看日出
yì shēng péi nǐ kàn rì chū
spending my life watching the sunrise with you
郭涛: 这是第一次当你的老爸
guō tāo: zhè shì dì yí cì dāng nǐ de lǎo bà
Guo Tao: This is our first time being your Old Dad

张亮: 我们的心情都有点复杂
zhāng liàng: wǒ men de xīn qíng dōu yǒu diǎn fù zá
Zhang Liang: Our feelings are all a bit complicated

王岳伦 : 你拼命发芽我白了头发
wáng yuè lún: nǐ pīn mìng fā yá wǒ bái le tóu fà
Wang Yuelun: You keep sprouting, while my hair turns white

张&郭&王: 一起写下一撇一捺
zhāng & guō & wáng: yì qǐ xiě xià yì piě yí nà
Zhang & Guo & Wang: but together [we] write down one stroke to the left and another to the right
CHORUS
Rap:

郭子睿: 我的老爸是个神话(郭涛:当然咯!)
guō zǐ ruì: wǒ de lǎo bà shì gè shén huà (guō tāo: dāng rán lo)
Guo Zirui: My Old Dad is a legend (Guo Tao: Of course!)

王诗龄: 搞定老妈绝代风华(王岳伦:哈哈!)
wáng shī líng: gǎo dìng lǎo mā jué dài fēng huá (wáng yuè lún: hā ha)
Wang Shiling: [He] got Old Mom [who is] a matchless beauty (Wang Yuelun: Haha!)

张悦轩: 就算有天你掉光了牙(张亮:哎呦!)
zhāng yuè xuān: jiù suàn yǒu tiān nǐ diào guāng le yá (zhāng liàng: āi yò)
Zhang Yuexuan: Even if one day you lose all your teeth (Zhang Liang: Ai yo [Ouch]!)

睿&龄&轩: 我也可以带你去火辣辣(郭&王&张:耶!)
ruì & líng & xuān: wǒ yě kě yǐ dài nǐ qù huǒ là là (guō & wáng & zhāng: yè)
Rui & Ling & Xuan: I will still take you to [eat] spicy [foods] (Guo & Wang & Zhang: Yeah!)

众: 啦啦啦啦啦啦啦
zhòng: la la la la la la la
All: Lalalalalalalala
CHORUS X2
郭子睿&王诗龄&张悦轩:老爸老爸我们去哪里呀
guō zǐ ruì & wáng shī líng & zhāng yuè xuān: lǎo bà lǎo bà wǒ men qù nǎ lǐ ya
Guo Zirui & Wang Shiling & Zhang Yuexuan: Old Dad, Old Dad where are we going?

你就是我的天大和地大
nǐ jiù shì wǒ de tiān dà dì dà
You are my Heaven and Earth

郭涛&王岳伦&张亮:宝贝宝贝时间的手一挥
guō tāo & wáng yuè lún & zhāng liàng: bǎo bèi bǎo bèi shí jiān de shǒu yì huī
Guo Tao & Wang Yuelun & Zhang Liang: Baby, baby, time waves its hand

你是永远的珍贵
nǐ shì yǒng yuǎn de zhēn guì
You are precious forever

大合唱:啦啦啦啦……
dà hé chàng: la la la la
All: Lalalala…
林志颖:一闪一闪亮晶晶
lín zhì yǐng: yì shǎn yì shǎn liàng jīng jīng
Lin Zhiying: Twinkle twinkle sparkling

漫天都是小星星
màn tiān dōu shì xiǎo xīng xing
All over the sky are little stars

林志颖 & Kimi:Twinkle twinkle little star
lín zhì yǐng & Kimi: Twinkle twinkle little star
Lin Zhiying & Kimi: Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder…

林志颖:你又跑调咯!
lín zhì yǐng: nǐ yòu pǎo diào lo
Lin Zhiying: You are singing off key again!

林志颖&Kimi:(一起笑)
lín zhì yǐng & kimi: (yì qǐ xiào)
Lin Zhiying & Kimi: (laughs together)

Zhang Liang and Zhang Yuexuan

Model Zhang Liang and his son Zhang Yuexuan

Guo Tao and Guo Zirui

Actor Guo Tao and his son Guo Zirui

Tian Liang and Tian Yucheng

Olympics champion Tian Liang and his daughter Tian Yucheng

Jimmy Lin and Kimi

Artist and race car driver Jimmy Lin and his son Kimi

Wang Yuelun and Wang Shiling

Film director Wang Yuelun and his daughter Wang Shiling

Where Are We Going, Dad comics

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  • Kiwi

    *Waits for hipsters to comment about how meaningfully complicated the lyrics are*

    • it is as complicated as you my dear

      • Kiwi

        If you have nothing interesting to say, please stfu

        • You are polite yet vulgar, a contradiction… a puzzle. I find myself unable to resist you. But I will resist you.

          • 用开水烫我!

            马屁精!

          • 不入虎穴, 焉得虎子

          • 用开水烫我!

            i am afraid more for a better green card…sigh!
            i wanna puke!

          • better green card?

          • Middle_Kingdum

            She’s jealous.

          • 用开水烫我!

            why shall i?
            i hate snobbish people and diggers. especially men.

          • Digger

            Thats us diggers hate slope heads too.
            a DIGGER

          • 用开水烫我!

            i know who your now!
            funny! hahaha!

          • I believe so. lol

    • mattman183

      Ha!

  • VoxDei

    This show is about as interesting as these lyrics are deep.

  • Middle_Kingdum

    Those lyrics are meaningfully complicated!

  • Claude

    Jesus Christ! I guess it’s on my shoulders to save this website from itself.

    Beijing artist Sulumi makes 8-bit dance beats.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf_kdi5hwoo

    Beijing indie rock band Car Sick Cars.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY3xVeCGf5g

    Now go watch the great Showtime show Masters Of Sex.

    I’M EDUCATIN!

    • Cauffiel

      I cannot get into that show…. Masters of Sex. How long did it take you to get into it? I gave it a good 45 minutes and was bored to tears by the dialogue, but maybe deserves a second shake?

  • markus peg

    How much of the song do they play before the episode… Coz its pretty long…
    Seems a bit fake but i guess people with young kids like it.
    The children will become more famous than the dads, but is that such a good thing to happen to someone so young?
    famous or not i would not want my child t be watched by millions, some psycho might lash out and hunt my child down or something similarly scary.

  • donscarletti

    Sigh, I’ve watched three episodes already, mostly because my girlfriend thinks that Lin Zhiying guy is super handsome and his son is ultra cute. I initially thought he was quite charismatic and seemed intelligent and capable, but then I heard him sing and it was just awful. His songs have the musical complexity of corporate jingles and his voice has less masculinity than Li Yugang. Interestingly enough, when it came to netting fish, he and the other pretty-boy did far better than the rest, so there is something to be said of such people.

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